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Denise Brennan, Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Georgetown University

Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States
When May 01, 2014
from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
Where 1102 Woods
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Contact Phone 301-405-1420
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This presentation is part of the Anthropology of the Immigrant Life Course Speaker Series

About the presentation

Drawing on her upcoming book with Duke University Press with the same title, Dr. Brown will discuss how survivors of human trafficking struggle to get by and make homes for themselves in the US.  She will discuss her long-term ethnographic research on low wage sectors in the US economy – such as fields, factories, and construction – are sites that conceal forced labor.

Dr. Brennan will help us dispel the myth that only sex workers are trafficked, and refer to her previous work on sex tourism in the Dominican Republic.  She will help us reflect on why anthropological evidence is not taken as much into account by policy makers as legal evidence.

About the series

Immigration is admittedly an interdisciplinary field of study.  Different disciplines bring their own perspective and lens to understand the field and explore public issues.  What is the special contribution of anthropology to this interdisciplinary field?  The Anthropology of the Immigrant Life Course Research Program, in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, invites discussion of the anthropological contributions to the interdisciplinary field of migration studies as they intersect with scholarship and policy.

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